We’re not exaggerating when we say one of the hardest things in life to accomplish is getting your acne under control. If you’ve been able to clear your complexion—after years of experimenting with tons of products and living with bumps on your face—then you seriously deserve a medal!
Still, once you’ve cleared up your skin, that doesn’t mean your work is done. Acne is a chronic skin condition—that means you can never totally cure it. So it’s important to stick to a consistent skin care routine with products specially formulated to control breakouts, as well as the side effects that can come along with them (like acne scars). Of course, you also want to make sure your skin care routine boosts your glow and fights signs of aging too!
Stick to using these three ingredients to maintain clear, glowing skin; Salicylic Acid, Retinol, and SPF. All of them can be found in SLMD's After Acne System. Here, you can learn how each of these ingredients work and the benefits of products formulated with them to your beauty routine:
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid—one of the most popular chemical exfoliants. The Salicylic Acid Cleanser works by gently exfoliating skin and ridding pores of the oil and dead skin cells that cause pimples to form. Exfoliating with salicylic acid also helps fade pigmented dark spots, those marks leftover from past inflamed breakouts.
Retinol is the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients—it keeps skin clear and fights visible signs of aging. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, exfoliates skin and encourages cell turnover to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, prevent dark spots, and increase collagen so skin remains plump and firm. Keep in mind that the best time to use retinol serum is at night because it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
Protecting your skin from the sun is key for all skin types—but it’s especially important if you’ve ever had acne. That’s because sun exposure can make dark spots—i.e. acne scars—darker. Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 is oil-free, so it won’t clog pores and it contains anti-aging ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea extract, which are beneficial and great for brightening skin and making it look younger! Powdered sunscreen, like UV Bounce is also a good option for those wanting to easily reapply (which everyone should — every two hours!) and not mess up makeup.